Taylor Swift said, “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” Change. It’s a difficult word and an even more difficult reality. Human beings, in general, have a very difficult time with change. Change is hard and sometimes even painful, and as much as we do not like it, we have to face it head on.
We are experiencing change at MSJ next year. Several wonderful staff members are moving on. Most of you know that Mr. Hall has taken a job at the Castleton Village School. Mr. Hall is a wonderful teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. He has given so much of his time, energy and love to MSJ over the past five years. We are so grateful that he walked into the doors of 127 Convent Ave. We thank him for all that he has done for so many of us. Ms. Ransom is also moving along on her life’s journey. '
Ms. Ransom is also an incredible teacher who has spread so much joy in the halls of MSJ. She has always gone above and beyond for her students and given selflessly of her time and energy to plan fun events on top of her stellar teaching. We will miss her very much.
Mrs. Whitman is also leaving MSJ. Mrs. Whitman is a fabulous teacher who spends countless hours preparing to ensure that the most learning possible is gained by her students. She can be found working at all hours in her classroom creating lesson plans and grading student work. She is a wonderful person and she will be missed.
Mr. Haskell is also moving on. We will miss his dedication to his teaching, his amazing ideas and wonderful labs as well as his ability to always make others smile with a kind gesture or listening ear. We will miss him as well.
We, at MSJ, wish nothing but the best as these four wonderful people and dedicated educators continue on their journey. We hope that they will visit us often.
As a part of this change, new people also come into our lives. I am happy to announce that Mr. Michael Alexander will be our new Vice Principal for the 2019-2020 school year.
Mr. Alexander comes to us from Fair Haven High School where he served for six years, the last three as director of school counseling services. We are thrilled to have him come aboard.
I am as equally excited to announce that Mr. Bill Van Liew will be returning to MSJ as our new math teacher. Mr. Van Liew taught at MSJ previously for nine years.
Mr. Van Liew is a wonderful math teacher. He will be teaching our high level math classes as well as physics. Both of the science positions have been posted, and we are currently conducting interviews. I have asked a panel of students to join us in the interviewing process. As soon as these positions are filled I will make the announcement.
Please join me in thanking the wonderful educators who are leaving our MSJ community. We are deeply appreciative of all that they have done for our students.
Also, join me in welcoming the new members of our community. We look forward to seeing them all very soon.
Sarah M. Fortier, CKS’95/ MSJ’99